NHS providers like DHU Healthcare have a Freedom to Speak Up (FtSU) Guardian, a role introduced following the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry in 2013, to give independent support and advice to staff who want to raise concerns.

Guardians work with all staff to help us become more open and transparent places by enabling and encouraging employees to 'speak up' without fear of consequences.

We have a Lead FtSU Guardian and local Guardians available to support staff across all out of hours sites.

FtSU Guardians offer:

  • support and advice for staff who speak up, or are supporting a colleague who is speaking up;
  • feedback on investigations and the conclusions;
  • immediate action if patient safety is compromised.

FtSU Guardians do not:

  • carry out investigations;
  • solve relationship problems in teams or between members of staff;
  • deal with concerns raised by patients or visitors.

Further Details 

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for DHU Healthcare is;

Christine Fisher (Non-Executive Director for DHU Healthcare)

Email: christine.fisher@dhuhealthcare.nhs.uk


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